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Report No. 66

XII. Views of Gandhiji and Tagore

3.41. Gandhiji's views.-

We may, before closing this discussion, refer to the ideals cherished by Gandhiji and Tagore. In a speech made as early as 1918, Gandhiji said-1

"Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacities. She has the right to participate in every minutest detail in the activities of man, and she has an equal right of freedom and liberty with him."

1. Gandhiji's speech at the Morarji Gokhale Hall-20th February, 1918, reprinted in "To the Women", p. 18.

3.42. In 1929, Gandhiji again wrote in the "Young India1"-

"I am uncompromising in the matter of women's rights. In my opinion, she should labour under no legal disability not suffered by man, I should treat the daughters and sons on a footing of perfect equality".

1. Gandhiji in the "Young India", 17th October, 1929, reprinted in "To the Women", p. 12.

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